\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

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Markle also entered the chapel solo, and was accompanied down the aisle by Prince Charles, not her father. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why Meghan Markle's Approach to Royal Baby Archie's Christening Isn't So Surprising," 6 July 2019 The image shows the newlyweds walking down the aisle as husband and wife. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Just Posted Wedding Photos on Instagram," 4 July 2019 Nobody who’s eaten a garden tomato, still warm from the sun and maybe a bit dirty, can be satisfied with what's on aisle three of produce. Beth Thames |,, "The secret tomato sandwich," 2 July 2019 The attitudes toward Huawei, in particular, show an appetite on both sides of the aisle for taking a tough line. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "A China-U.S. Trade Truce Could Enshrine a Global Economic Shift," 29 June 2019 The colorful produce section follows and next to that is a long counter with a variety of meat across from the aisles of products in the 48,772-square-foot store. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy turns out for warm welcome for El Rancho Supermercado," 20 June 2019 Sometimes Garmire opted for the more convenient resupply point, wandering the aisles of a forlorn service station rather than wasting valuable minutes to get to a real grocery store. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, "How Jeff Garmire Set the Arizona Trail FKT," 15 June 2019 If Thomas Edison were to walk down the light-bulb aisle of a modern home-improvement store, he’d be shocked to see what’s become of his brainchild. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Let There Be Light: A Smart Buyer’s Guide to Light Bulbs," 14 June 2019 Barr no longer enjoys the sterling reputation on both sides of the aisle in enjoyed in the early 1990s. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "In the 1990s, Joe Biden said William Barr was "one of the best" attorneys general," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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